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Posted by on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Around the Mall, Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Issue.


Sun-Joo Cho

Sun-Joo Cho, assistant professor of psychology and human development, was named a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The $55,000 award will allow her to pursue research through summer 2015.

Bob Crowson, professor of leadership, policy and organizations, has been selected for the Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration.

Donna Ford

Donna Y. Ford, professor of special education, has published Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education (Prufrock Press). It addresses a long-standing national problem—the national under-representation of black and Hispanic students in gifted education—through the dual lens of recruitment and retention.

James Fraser, associate professor of human and organizational development, served as guest editor for Cityscape, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s primary policy publication. The issue (Volume 15, No. 2) focuses on the theme “Mixed Messages on Mixed Incomes.”

Lyle Jackson, media content producer for Peabody, recently earned several awards. For his video on the Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools master’s program, he earned both an International Academy of Visual Arts Communicator Award and a Telly Award for editing; and for the Abu Dhabi Leadership Development Project, he earned a Telly Award for editing.

Mark Lipsey

Mark Lipsey, research professor in human and organizational development, is the 2013 recipient of the August Vollmer Award, which recognizes a criminologist or senior scholar whose research has contributed to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.

David Lubinski, professor of psychology and human development, was interviewed for an article in the New York Times regarding new findings about the predictive importance of spatial reasoning.

Velma McBride Murry, Lois Autrey Betts Professor of Education and Human Development, is one of 10 professors in the United States to receive $25,000 from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust in 2013. The trust awards professors who have inspired their students to make a difference in the community.

Kristopher Preacher, assistant professor of psychology, was presented with an Early Career Award by the American Psychological Association.

Beth Shinn, professor of human and organizational development, was named recipient of the Seymour Sarason Award from the Society for Community Research and Action. The award recognizes conceptually demanding, creative and groundbreaking work.

Marcy Singer-Gabella and Barbara Stengel, professors of the practice of education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, will lead the free online course, “Student Thinking at the Core.” The four-week course will be offered beginning January 2014 for K-12 teachers via Vanderbilt’s partnership with leading massive online open course provider Coursera.


Matt Brock, a doctoral student in special education, has been selected to receive the 2013 Alice H. Hayden Emerging Leader Award from TASH, which advocates on behalf of people with disabilities. This prestigious award is presented to a doctoral student who demonstrates leadership potential and a commitment to working with people with disabilities.

Allanah Jackson, a sophomore and Peabody Scholar, wrote a proposal as part of a class with Frank W. Mayborn Professor of Education Joe Murphy that has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth conference. Jackson is seeking to develop a Cincinnati homeless mentoring program, ZooMates, founded in her hometown, into a national program.

Peabody students Newton Adkins, Dorothy Buckner, Kiersten Chresfield, Lisa Koenig, Shilpa Mokshagundam, Kristen Mosley and Carey Spear were among the 20 finalists for Vanderbilt’s Outstanding Senior prize.

Craig Smith, associate dean for undergraduate education, and Alene Harris, research assistant professor of education, were honored by Vanderbilt for 25 years of service.

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